Fox didn't like President Obama's birthday party, because it didn't create any jobs. Oh, and it was also a "hip-hop BBQ," because hip hop was played along with some other music from some other genres, and, you know, black people were there.
There doesn't seem to have been a whole lot of hip hop at this BBQ, based on Politico's account, except that a DJ played some of it, along with Motown and '70s and '80s R&B -- which sounds, and correct me if I'm wrong, because I don't go to a lot of these, kind of like the musical sampling at a contemporary bar mitzvah party.
Only one of the live acts, Ledisi, can be described as hip hop -- and then just barely. Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock are not hip-hop performers. Which makes the overall "hip hop" quotient pretty low.
As for the guest list and hip hop by association ... Charles Barkley is neither hip hop nor a role model. Chris Rock was a hip-hop figure in the early- and mid-90s, but the most direct evidence of hip hoppery seems to be Jay-Z's presence. Which leads me to believe that Jay-Z also walks down "hip-hop sidewalks," shops at "hip-hop supermarkets," and texts Beyonce on his "hip-hop phone" to ask whether she wants "hip-hop spinach" or "hip-hop arugula" in the "hip-hop salad" they plan to "hip-hop prepare" as part of a "hip-hop light summer meal." Maybe it wasn't Jay-Z, but the heavy hip-hop influences displayed constantly by the U.S. Marine Band or U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, that lent the BBQ its hip-hop flair.
That said, the notion of Obama's BBQ failing to create jobs actually is funny.
GUESTS: Al Sharpton, Patrick Gaspard, UBS Investment Bank President Robert Wolf, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski, Leader Nancy and Paul Pelosi, Secretary Tim Geithner, Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep./DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Virginia Gov. and DNC Chair Tim Kaine, Anita Dunn and Bob Bauer, Robert Gibbs, David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Valerie Jarrett, Michael Strautmanis, Pete Rouse, Bill Daley, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Denis McDonough, John Brennan, Rahm Emanuel, Tina Tchen, White House chef Sam Kass, Julianna Smoot, Marty Nesbitt, Eric Whitaker, Linda Douglass, and many more.
CELEBS: Jay-Z, Hill Harper, Chris Rock, Charles Barkley, Steve Harvey, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Grant Hill, Gayle King.
Also present: Chicago pals, law-school friends, donors – and lots of kids of friends, who stole the show by doing dance routines to the hip-hop songs, in the center of the East Room.